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Northern Grit (The Good, The Bad & The Greedy)

'Northern Grit (The Good The Bad & The Greedy)' is a collaborative project between Gary and his partner Helen, featuring songs and illustrations based on a selection of intriguing and inspirational well-known and lesser-known figures from North East England, including Catherine Cookson, Mary Ann Cotton, Peter Lee, Jonathan Martin, Joseph Skipsey: The Pitman Poet of Percy Main, Grace Darling, George Stephenson, Thomas Spence, John Duck: '"Durham's Dick Wittington", and more.

Northern Grit was launched at the People's Bookshop in Durham City on 31st March 2019 with a display of illustrations by Helen and a performance of songs to accompany them by Gary, followed by a month-long exhibition of Helen's work for the project throughout April 2019 at the People's Bookshop. Further exhibitions and performances are due to follow, alongside a CD and Book.


The list of songs written by Gary for Northern Grit to date include: - 

Catherine Cookson:

'I Can and I Will'

Mary Ann Cotton:

'Ballad of Mary Ann Cotton'

Peter Lee:

'It Will Be All Right'

Joseph Skipsey:

'A Dream of Joseph Skipsey'

'Show Me'

'Unlocked Gate'

Thomas Spence:

'A, B, C'

'Broadsides, Ballads and Battle Cries'

George Stephenson:


'Hands and Mind'


Illustrations by Helen Temperley (Winkin Bitsy)


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